During Tottenham’s game against Chelsea, defender Eric Dier was suddenly seen racing off the pitch during the heart pumping match, with Jose Mourinho sprinting after him into the tunnel.
The scene that sent mixed messages for all viewers and most players on the pitch, was later revealed to be a call to nature.
“When you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go.” Said Tottenham defender Eric Dier.
In the 77th minute of Tottenham’s Carabao Cup tie against Chelsea, with Spurs 1-0 down, defender Dier suddenly raced off the pitch and headed straight down the tunnel.
Mourinho seconds later was seen sprinting after the defender in dramatic fashion. Something many knew wasn’t a surprise since he is known for his antics when it comes to players but this time around it was for a totally different reason.
Manager Mourinho set off in hot pursuit and TV cameras inside Tottenham Hotspur Stadium showed the manager disappearing into the changing room seconds after the Dier.
The million-dollar question everyone was asking during the game with over 10 minutes remaining in a cup tie as Tottenham were losing, was finally answered moments later.
“Everyone can imagine!” a grinning Dier said after the game.
“I am OK but that was a first for me. There was nothing I could do about it and when you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go. Some things you can’t stop. I don’t know if Jose understood what I was doing, to begin with. I told Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Toby Alderweireld as I was going off, I simply had to go.”
“I was struggling with stomach cramps; it had got too bad.”
Eric Dier had a good reason for his sudden sprint off the pitch and Mourinho understood it too
Moments later, Dier returned to the pitch followed by a less frantic Mourinho. According to Dier: “Jose wasn’t happy but there was nothing I could do about it, nature was calling.”
As Dier was busy handling his toilet business, team-mate Erik Lamela equalised with seven minutes left and his side progressed on penalties. Giving their team a chance at a winning the cup.
‘I understood what was happening – I went to try to make it happen faster’ – said Mourinho.
“What happened to Eric Dier is not normal, I have to praise him in a special way,” he added.
After the defender returned on the pitch, he redeemed himself by putting one past Chelsea’s goalkeeper during the penalty shootout. The victory meant the manager was in a much better mood to talk about the toilet incident afterwards.
“It should be forbidden for a player to play two games in 48 hours at this level [after he played against Newcastle on Sunday]. What he did is not human to do.
“He had to go – he had no choice. Maybe it is a normal thing when you are completely dehydrated, which is the case. I had to put pressure on him to get back but he is a great example for everybody.”
Spurs played Newcastle on Sunday and Chelsea on Tuesday, and still have a tough fixture schedule ahead of them, facing Maccabi Haifa in the Europa League on Thursday followed by a trip to Manchester United on Sunday.
Mourinho said: “When Dier went off I understood immediately what was happening, I went there to try to make it happen faster, to put pressure on him.
“It is a consequence of his physical state, he had no energy in his muscles. I don’t want to believe that we have another week like this one. If the authorities don’t care about players, I care.”
Author: Allan Bangirana
Allan Bangirana is a freelance writer for Newslibre & Spur Magazine. He is passionate about tech, games and occasionally writes about entertainment, lifestyle and so much more.